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Karen Gray for Daily News

The Giants of the Earth Heritage Center is a non-profit educational institution located on Main Street in Spring Grove. We have been in this 1893 building since 2010 and consider it our permanent home. There’s still a lot of work to do to make sure the space is safe and ready for the community, and now we’re making it accessible to everyone by meeting ADA specifications on all four levels.

The plan creates a quiet, well-appointed office space for Anastasia to scan photos and family documents, and for Violet to edit filmed family stories and create transcripts of them when she and Stacy aren’t interacting with visitors.

Families coming together for a reunion can take advantage of a soundproof film studio to preserve family stories today that will be available to young people of the future so they can see and hear previous generations of the family that they did not have to meet.

Come see a lovely garden with beautiful flowers and butterflies and the soothing sounds of a flowing stream. Be surrounded by a bronze sculpture and large murals created by artists Sallie DeReus and Doug Eckheart. Here you can connect with nature and relax.

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Now we have to pay for what we have built, and also be able to fund general operations as well as programming that interprets our mission. If you want to support the Giants and find out more, go to giantsoftheath.org

“We were fortunate to receive incredible and impactful donations during the first phase of the campaign from local foundations, area businesses and community donors,” said Karen Gray, Board Chair of administration, who joins me in thanking these donors for their support. . We now invite the entire community to help us complete this campaign effort to provide the region with an incredible meeting place, as well as exhibits on the second and third floors, and an environment that stimulates educational development for people of all ages through ongoing and expanded programs. programming.”

“Once complete, these renovations/restorations will ensure a quality experience for everyone in the region: families, organizations, our staff and the many volunteers to help us in our mission,” said Bill Fried, CEO per interim.

“The Giants Restoration Project is extraordinary in that it allows us to serve the community – of all ages and abilities, in ways previously not possible! We have already experienced the benefits of the updated space with local school children involved in our After School Enrichment Program and Sixth Grade Academy activities, and are thrilled to see the community accessing the upper floors. with our new “uplifting” elevator! The space is warm in the winter and cool in the summer thanks to recent upgrades – essential for our bodies and our permanent, rotating and ephemeral collections in the exhibition halls and archive spaces,” said Rachel Storlie, community awareness.

“One of the things I’m most excited about is the new kitchen, which allows groups to offer delicious home-cooked meals at their events and our annual events such as Norwegian Ridge Language and Culture Camp and the Biennial Gala “Storlie said. “We can now also create ‘test kitchen’ video recordings of ethnic cuisine from our region and around the world during our 12-month ‘Passport to Other Cultures’ initiative and beyond. Everywhere you look in the building you can see the pride and skill of many local workers who wanted to do things the ‘right way’ for posterity and architectural/historical preservation. We are beyond lucky that this truly is the “Spring Grove Gathering Place” and welcome you when you come to visit or host your next event here!”

At this time, we need your help to complete the fundraising campaign. We are close to reaching the goal of $625,000 – only $48,118 remains. Can you help by making a tax-deductible donation and mailing it to PO Box 223 in Spring Grove, MN 55974? Thank you.

Karen Gray is Chair of the Giants Board of Directors.

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